There appears to be uncertainty surrounding McCarthy’s future at Goodison Park following the arrival of new manager Ronald Koeman – who substituted McCarthy during the first-half of Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Brom, claiming the decision was down to “tactics”.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has gone on-record as saying he wants two more players added to his squad before the transfer window slams shut on August 31 – so could McCarthy be one of them?
The 25-year-old undoubtedly has the quality to be a hero at Celtic Park, and could be a long-term replacement for Scott Brown.
Moreover, McCarthy came through the ranks at Hamilton Accies and the Republic of Ireland international is known to be a boyhood Celtic supporter.
The only think that could scupper the deal is money, considering Everton paid Wigan £13 million for McCarthy in 2013, but should Celtic see off Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday and reach the Champions League group stages then the Glasgow club would be due TV and prize money in the region of £15 – £20 million.
It might be a fanciful idea – but you can’t stop these fans from dreaming:
James McCarthy ?
— Kebo (@kebo1888) August 21, 2016
— Joeypaisley (@joeypaisley) August 21, 2016
James McCarthy? I'd take him. Natural replacement for Broony imo.
— Del Kerr (@BigDelBhoy) August 21, 2016
James McCarthy would be ??? up here. Big Fenian too
— kieran. (@_kieranp) August 21, 2016
Would love the James McCarthy rumours to be true but could money be better spent in other positions? We have Brown, Rogic, Bitton, McGregor
— David Hackett (@Hackett67) August 21, 2016
Seen a few rumours floating around about Celtic signing James McCarthy. Not sure if there's any truth there, but I'd take him in a heartbeat
— Ben (@Rhedegiparis) August 21, 2016
James McCarthy the latest rumour going about ? would certainly be a great signing for us
— Jordan Leitch (@JordanLeitch) August 21, 2016
@celticrumours is there any truth in this rumour that we're looking to bid £5 million for James McCarthy?
— Andy Gorman (@andygorman94) August 21, 2016
James McCarthy to Celtic, yes pls
— Merco (@MarcoUTLR) August 18, 2016
James McCarthy is trying to get a loan deal to Celtic for a year after manager told him he is not in his plans
— Mon the Hoops (@Bigchri55) August 20, 2016
@AgentDave_ Any truth in the James McCarthy to Celtic for £5mil rumours?
— Tadhg Mac Uilliam (@Tadhg_Williams) August 21, 2016
What do you think? Is there any way McCarthy could be a Celtic player on September 1?